While corporal punishment has been outlawed in some states and schools in Nigeria, a teacher at Government Day Secondary School Sankalawa in Bungudu Local Government Area of Zamfara has allegedly flogged a student to death.
Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar-Gummi, Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, revealed this on Wednesday while speaking under matters of urgent public importance during the assembly’s sitting in Gusau.
He said that the house had received several reports on the issue.
According to him, another incident at Government Female Day Secondary School, Kotokorshi, has led to the injury of a student in the school after the Vice Principal allegedly subjected her to heavy punishment.
“These problems apart from discouraging our children from acquiring education also revealed poor attitude to work on the part of teachers in this state,” Gummi said.
He urged the House to invite the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology to explain steps taken to address the issues.
Decrying the wicked act, the Speaker, Alhaji Sanusi Rikiji, described vowed that the assembly would not allow the matter to pass.
“It is part of our responsibilities to ensure effective security and good learning atmosphere for our children for their future development, therefore, we cannot allow teachers to continue harassing our children from schools,” he said.
The Speaker directed the House Committee on Education, Science and Technology to invite the commissioner to appear before it on the matter.
Meanwhile, the Assembly has passed into law the bill for the establishment of Zamfara State University, Talata-Mafara.
Recall that the Lagos State Government, under the administration of former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, had declared caning, beating or physical torture of school students, and of workplace apprentices illegal and criminally culpable throughout that state.
This recognition accorded the basic human rights of Lagos State’s children, by Governor Fashola, is, without question, one of the most constructive, progressive and profoundly humanitarian initiatives ever set forth into law by any Nigerian elected leader, since the nation’s 1960 independence.